International engagement

Information issues are not just domestic challenges for today's professionals; there is a call for people to work in this field throughout the world. UMSI is responding to this need in a variety of different ways, including supporting students to pursue international internships as part of the Practical Engagement Program requirements, the Global Information Engagement Program, international research, and exchanges of information with our international counterparts.

Opportunities 

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International internships
A growing number of students take part in international internships each year. Students have participated in international internships ranging from working on the development of national archives in Uganda to ICT development activities with the United Nations in Korea to project management with Lenovo in China. Learn more about internships MSI students have completed in recent years, many of which are internationally-based.

International research
Students and faculty regularly pursue international research and collaborations with our partners abroad.  Students have participated in research projects in Madagascar, Zimbabwe, South Africa, India, amongst many other locations.

International careers
UMSI prepares students to embark on international careers within the information world.  Alumni can be found working in a range of industries in Taiwan, New Zealand, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, amongst many others.

International visitors to UMSI
For UMSI to be a source of internationalization, its equally important to bring our global partners here to our campus. UMSI regularly hosts researchers and other international partners in North Quad to collaborate on research projects or to share information about educational programs, career paths, and professional fields. In recent years, UMSI has hosted students from Japan and German on educational tours and doctoral students from the Netherlands to participate in research projects. As a student at UMSI, you'll have the opportunity to meet a wide range of international visitors to compliment your studies.

Funding

The School of Information and the University of Michigan provide a range of funding opportunities and resources for international internships and research.

Study abroad

External to UMSI, there are various study abroad opportunities that students can pursue to compliment their degree.

Travel resources

Students at the University of Michigan have the opportunity to purchase an excellent travel health insurance package and register travel activities for both education-related and personal international activities.

Information on purchasing the Travel Abroad Health Insurance for $1.10 per day

Register your travel with the University of Michigan Travel Registry.  Registration is required for all faculty, staff and students who travel internationally as part of a school-sponsored experience.

Students can utilize My World Abroad (login required) to access a wealth of information on internships, jobs, and country guides.

If you are interested in pursuing an international internship, research opportunity, funding, or would like to learn more about study abroad, contact Kelly Kowatch to make an appointment to learn about the range of resources available specific to your interests and goals.